We understand that not everyone can adopt a goat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help care for one! Please consider sponsoring one of our long-term Sanctuary residents. A donation of $25 supports one goat or sheep for a full month.
The Sanctuary herd is made up of animals that are unsuited for adoption. Some have health issues that require specialized care, some have behavioral issues that make them inappropriate for placement, and some have simply made it clear to us that they want to stay at New Moon Farm. We will love and care for these animals for the rest of their lives, but we need your help to support them. Your gift will help to ensure that these animals have everything that they need to thrive. With a sponsorship of $25 or more, we’ll email you a downloadable and printable gift card featuring a photo of your sponsored goat, and their story.
Click on the picture or name of any animal to sponsor them through Paypal.
Sadie, a Nubian-cross doe
Sadie joined us here at New Moon Farm in the winter of 2007. She came to the farm with over 200 other goats, as part of an Animal Control hoarding case. With the help of many volunteers, the goats were brought to the sanctuary. Here, they were all treated for worms, lice and severe hoof rot. They were all vaccinated, males were neutered, and the process of finding new homes began. But not for Sadie! Despite the chaos, she was always at my side as I worked with the herd. She made it clear that this was her forever home, and that she wasn’t going anywhere, ever again. Sadie can be a bit shy around new people, but comes around fast if you have a pocketful of snacks!
Opie, a Dorper sheep wether
Opie arrived at New Moon Farm in 2008 as a terrified, un-socialized 2 year old. His family was moving, and had to find a home for their three sheep. Though goats of any age can be socialized with patience and time, sheep are a different story. In most cases, if sheep are not handled as lambs, they become very skittish around people. Opie’s companions were both very social, but not him. We put him out with our resident herd, hoping that he would bond with our older, friendly sheep, and learn that people are ok. He did. So, we moved him into the “adoptable” pasture. He immediately reverted to his nervous, suspicious ways. So back he went, into the family herd. And he was instantly content. He made it pretty clear that this was going to be his home.
Jake, a Boer wether
Jake was brought to New Moon Farm in 2007 by a very loving owner, who had raised him as a pet. He was a 7 year old, 300 pound buck, and her husband had told her he was “done with the smell,” and that the goat had to go. Sadly, she was told that it was not safe to castrate adult bucks, which would have solved the problem. We didn’t know until she arrived that he was intact, and we told her that surgical castration was an option, but she had already come to terms with saying goodbye. Jake was adopted quickly after recovering, but came back to us a few years later when the new home decided that he was “too much” to care for. Being the coolest goat in the world, he was quickly adopted again. That lasted two weeks – he was lifting the gates off of the hinges and raiding the garden. Once again, he came back. And once again, found a new home right away. This time, he was head-butting the livestock guardian dogs. Three strikes meant that Jake moved over to the resident herd. Sure, he can be a handful. Yea, he likes to break out and raid the cookie jar. But we love him – every big, goofy inch of him.
Joe, a mixed-breed wether
Joe has a very unusual story. In the Spring of 2012 we received a call from a woman in Portland. Her husband had purchased Joe, who he was planning to raise as a house goat. Sadly, a few weeks later, he passed away, leaving her with the 2 month old goat. She didn’t know anything about goats, nor did she really want a goat. Not knowing what a kid needed, she fed him milk from the store, cereal and crackers. He got very sick, started losing weight and had chronic diarrhea. Afraid that he was going to die, she contacted us. When Joe arrived he was extremely emaciated. He was full of parasites, and his growth was clearly stunted. He had a torn ear from catching an ear tag on something and his feet had never been trimmed. After his quarantine, Joe moved out with the adoptable herd. But he just wasn’t right. Though he was up to a normal weight, he wasn’t growing at all. For six months, he fought intermittent digestive problems, and didn’t grow an inch. He didn’t play, or even really interact with the other goats. Our vet felt that he either had permanent damage from his early months, or had an internal, congenital defect. Believing that his days were limited, we moved Joe out with the resident herd. Within weeks, he was clearly growing. He filled out, started playing and turned into a regular goat. Though smaller than he probably should be, Joe is now a healthy, happy little guy. We figure he just needed to know he was home.
Tipsy, an Alpine-mix doe
Tipsy, also affectionately known as Tex, came to New Moon Farm, in 2012. Her owner had gotten goats before putting up fencing, and had lost one to Rhododendron poisoning. 3 year old Tipsy was ok, other than her severely deformed front legs. Her knees and lower legs are twisted outward, and permanently bent. Standing still she looks like she is doing a ballet plié. Walking she looks like she’s dancing a jig. Born this way, Tipsy doesn’t know she should be any different. Because of this deformity, Tipsy requires special hoof trimming and she will likely develop arthritis at a younger age than most. We know that we can best provide the extra care she needs here at the farm, and decided that she should stay with the resident herd.
Winnie, a Cashmere doe
Winnie originally came to New Moon Farm in 2005, and was adopted to a great home to be a horse companion. Everything was going well until her owner purchased a second horse and decided that she “no longer needed” a goat. We always want our kids back if home situations change, and so in early 2014, Winnie came back to the farm. She lived in the “adoptable” pasture for several weeks, an seemed content. In the Spring, while meeting with an animal communicator, Ellen asked if there were any animals that wanted to tell her something. The woman said, “there is a small, white goat who says that she wants to stay at the rescue.” Ellen immediately knew who it was. When she got home, she walked into the pasture and asked Winnie if she really wanted to stay. Winnie walked to the gate and looked back over her shoulder. Ellen opened the gate, and Winnie walked out, went straight to the gate to the resident pasture, and looked over her shoulder again. Ellen opened the gate, and Winnie joined the family. Sometimes, the animals choose us.
Waylon, a Nigerian Dwarf wether
Waylon joined our family in the summer of 2006. He came to the rescue as part of a group of goats we took in from a breeder who was in way over her head. “Accidental” breedings and an unwillingness to sell animals had led to extreme over-crowding, and she was unable to care for her herd. The farm was a mess – a barn so deep in manure that the doors wouldn’t close, belly-deep mud outside that the goats couldn’t walk through, and unsafe fencing. Though we don’t usually take in animals from breeders, we had to step in. The animals were all well overdue on basic care: many had hoof rot, all had high internal and external parasites and their coats were matted with manure and mud. Waylon was just a baby, and after caring for him round-the-clock, we decided to keep him here as part of our resident herd.